Outside Art in Detroit

The Heidelberg Project is in the heart of Detroit's East Side.

The Heidelberg Project is in the heart of Detroit’s East Side.

(Detroit, Michigan) During our recent tour of the Motor City, our friend and consummate guide, Jay Samuelsson, saw to it that we saw some amazing outside art by outsider artists in both Detroit and Hamtramck.  Jay said we could save the Detroit Institute of Arts for another visit and suggested we concentrate our viewing on the following:

1. The Heidelberg Project, which is an open-air art environment in the heart of an urban community on Detroit’s East Side.  Tyree Guyton, founder and director, uses everyday, discarded objects to create a two-block area full of color symbolism and intrigue.

2. Guyton’s neighbor and fellow artist, Tim Burke, who has posted a sign in his yard stating:

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Jay and I had a pleasant chat with Tim Burke and discovered that we have a certain 12-step program in common with him and that he hosts an outdoor meeting every week amidst his outdoor art. Jay and I resolved to attend soon.

3. Hamtramck Disneyland is the yard art/folk art owned by Dmytro Szylak who was born in Ukraine.  He began the project in 1992 and finished it in 1999.  He was not home when we viewed his amazing installation.  In our travels around the Detroit area with Jay, we discovered there is so, so much more art to see, and we surely will return and see it all.  Meanwhile, enjoy what we did see during our recent visit with the learned Mr. Samuelsson.

Tyree Guyton uses everyday, discarded objects to create his thought-provoking pieces as part of his Heidelberg Project.

Tyree Guyton uses everyday, discarded objects to create his thought-provoking pieces as part of his Heidelberg Project.

Jay Samuelsson guided us to the Heidelberg Project.

Our friend and guide Jay Samuelsson made sure we had time for the Heidelberg Project.

Artist Tim Burke explains his vision for Detroit.

Artist Tim Burke explains his vision for Detroit.

This is not the Heidelberg Project but rather a piece by Tim Burke.  He hosts a meeting of like-minded friends here every week.

This is not the Heidelberg Project but rather a piece by Tim Burke. He hosts a meeting of like-minded friends here every week.

Dmytro Szylak's Hamtramck Disneyland is best viewed from the alley.

Dmytro Szylak’s Hamtramck Disneyland is best viewed from the alley.

Dmytro Szylak was born in Ukraine.

Dmytro Szylak was born in Ukraine.

Hamtramck and Detroit are a whole lot closer than Orlando. We'll be back for more.  You can count on that!

Hamtramck and Detroit are a whole lot closer than Orlando. We’ll be back for more. You can count on that!

This mural in Detroit's Eastern Market says it all.

This mural in Detroit’s Eastern Market says it all.

 

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About charleymckelvy

Charles McKelvy lives and writes in southwest Michigan with his wife and fellow writer, Natalie McKelvy. They established the Dunery Press in 1988 in order to publish their own fiction. They continue to do so to this day. Charles McKelvy is an Eagle Scout.
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One Response to Outside Art in Detroit

  1. AUNT cynie says:

    Really funky art! I love it. A.C.

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